Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Video resource in Exeter ahead of BETT

This post is a sort of reminder, maybe should be called sometime after BETT. But some things worth repeating as video and radio are moving along. there are several ways to create sound clips and informal video using mobile devices. Facebook is doing more and LinkedIn has new options in the UK soon.

In Exeter there are courses in Abobe Creative Cloud at the Phoenix. Tubers Academy seems more open to adult support and business as well as younger people. The university library has a multi media suite with Premiere and After Effects. There are different policies on updating software. The Phoenix has an educational licence for Creative Cloud so is updated. the university library has stayed with a version before the Adobe switch to subscriptions. Still a good resource for effective video edits.

Meanwhile there are online options and cheap or free software for video edit. Sound clips even easier. The Radio 1 Academy suggested "visual radio" when they visited Exeter last year. Their Live Lounge has a reasonable production level but "visual radio" may be just a sound file and some well edited stills.

Next year Adobe may be at BETT again or they may just be lurking online. Spark is a set of free software to create quick video, web pages, graphics. They may develop other features, seems to be a way to remain visible when the main software requires a subscription. BETT was noted for new cloud services on video and sound support.

So not too soon to check out what has happened since and get prepare some questions for next time.

Friday, August 11, 2017

More on Critique and #mtwr

Now finished Radical Technologies by Adam Greenfield. (Verso) It helps me understand the views of people in the Guardian books review. I have not found much from Critical Management Studies links on the topics such as AI and machine learning. So this book helps prepare for a techno discussion as walk on Lancaster campus with a focus on voice interface to robots. Once the Spine is complete the location should work for any tech topic, this one more urgent as linked to radio.

For new readers I contribute to two shows a week on Phonic FM, Tuesday and Thursday. Limited visibility is an issue so voice on phones has been regarded as a benefit. Started with Siri on Apple. Also helps us understand the tech in developments such as Alexa from Amazon.

In the book Alexa turns up with the Dash button in the Internet of Things. The AI and machine learning are much later though I think they will develop rapidly with such devices. We are interested as it is hard to see a future for FM radio as such.

The scenarios towards the end include some resistance within an expanded power for the Stacks- Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook. (Microsoft is seen as trailing, mention for Samsung but not for Sony) Another scenario - Green Plenty - is linked to Fully Automated Luxury Communism and may be just a fantasy. The Stacks scenario is closest to what we have but the resistance could have more energy than implied in the tone of most of the book.

I have this week become aware of Anchor, a new radio app. Could be quite corporate, can be found through Alexa. Plays tracks from Spotify so no rights issues in putting a show together. Anyone can upload speech, no apparent limits on what can be said. So there is some wide scope in this to be tried out.

Adam Greenfield has objection to data used for control, most of what he observes. This fits with the critique take on Quality Management, mostly negative. I still think there could be some benefit in looking at quality theory as well as learning companies when there is concern with what is produced by a system. More on this another time.

If I had started a walk on Lancaster campus at InfoLab 21 with a techutopia vision and then found the Radical Technologies book at the Management School I would still be on my way towards the Learning Zone.

I notice the book has almost nothing about education or research in universities. "disruption" is dismissed when facing power structures. Maybe there is more to come. The Stacks have not yet approached education directly on any scale. Universities might adopt new forms.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Critique and #mtwr

Some notes on critique as #mtwr continues slightly. August may well be a "dark time" for theatre but I am still trying out some aspects of Management theory at Work in Radio. Some feedback but also trying out ideas that may repeat later.

Recently the main area where critique would be welcome has been the voice interface robots such as Alexa. They have advantages but also potential for harm if there turns out to be a monopoly for global sales / advertising organisations. I have been reading "Radical Technologies" by Adam Greenfield, only half way through. The AI and machine learning chapters yet to come.

Previously I have sometimes found critique blocks some practical conclusions, see previous posts on the Cloud as part of Experimentality. But with the voice robots I think some perspective is required.

Looks too late for the Critical Management Studies conference, July at Edge Hill . But there is a Lancaster one on Cultural Political Economy, including a topic on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This may include voice interfaces to global information systems. They sound attractive but there is much to check out.

I will try to follow this on Twitter etc and see what turns up. There is some of a relevant book online.

(Meanwhile still thinking about a walk on Lancaster campus when the Spine update is finished. InfoLab 21 at one end where tech confidence quite high, lower with critique later. Where is the Cultural Political Economy located? )

Saturday, August 05, 2017

#mtwr repeat of Creative Commons video on Phonic FM

I sat in for the Storyteller on Thursday. He is stuck in France so I did one show extra. Ran out of radio plays to borrow so spoke about social media etc. Drama not so well promoted as music I think. More on this another time.

I realised that Creative Commons is important so these two from a while ago. Like Minds is back in Exeter this September.

These also show that casual video is ok on the edges of an event. We could do more.

I notice YouTube will drop the video edit feature so much more difficult to work with Creative commons remix. They suggest you contact the source and ask for a copy. No direct download option. This may be part of a move to competing with Netflix or whatever they have in mind. see previous post. Long ago it was suggested that Web2 had to do with read / write, social media etc. I have nothing against broadcast, am in slump mode from about 8 most evenings, but cannot help thinking there may be a space for something other than YouTube if things carry on as they seem to be going.

Also, sound clip from previous talk with Storyteller. #mtwr continues with a bit of a pause next week.

#mtwr continued - YouTube RED means UK is wrong place, though this may be right time

Management Theory at Work in Radio continues, not as a regular conference but a series of repeats maybe.

YouTube seems to be concentrating on becoming a cable channel. They have expanded the number of places inside the USA where you get RED as part of a bundle with other major brands. Now they have bid for content - series based on Karate Kid ( see Hollywood Reporter)

Meanwhile RED not available in UK. The idea for the first #mtwr was that subscriptions would make YouTube accepted by a professional audience with no adverts. So conference presentations could have some sort of budget. Not much needed. But not possible in UK. However the situation we observe is probably the same in many other places-

  • large audience for video, social media as promotion for journals, books, courses, certificates  etc.
  • more devices with some capability for recording sound, video
  • digital disruption for radio as part of music industry, similar not much delayed for news, weather etc
So probably somewhere there is a conference / production resource to mix an academic conference about learning companies / disruption / visual radio / podcasts.

Best bet for #mtwr is to carry on as chat and link to whatever happens. Seems an approach for the moment, may change, comment welcome. Original channel - Will Pollard / Rougement Global Broadcasting continues with variable production standards.

btw my gmail includes the claim that the TV Advertising summit is "peer to peer learning at highest level" , can be found as #MPTVIS  , maybe something will turn up.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Management Theory At Work In Radio During August #mtwr

Reviving this topic as it was attempted previous two summers. Started as part of Dark Times, gifted space at Bike Shed in Exeter. Then with rented lighting as Bike Shed Bar unsuitable for video. This year may involve a trip to the Boat Shed cocktail bar in natural light. But more likely sound only, some from Phonic FM studio.

There is a dedicated Twitter account but I am starting this on my own blog and as #will789gb . Twitter page has a MTWR background as this is my main project. So far not working that well, zero subscribers as YouTube channel. ( same for RGB2 intended as local ) Previously I did some social media ahead of a third Management Theory at Work conference but this has yet to happen. First two were in Lancaster. So other links may well be revived if this gets any momentum.

Meanwhile the background of theory still seems to me to be relevant for current situation. I work on two radio shows and try to develop social media as the FM signal may fade away. Topics below are around a case study approach in the middle. Could be a day conference or a series of podcasts but starts as bits of text.

Critique / Philosophy

Critical Management Studies sometimes blocks the way to any practical proposals so best to start with the question if any form of radio is to be supported. Standup Philosopher can be briefed on issues to become a drama. Clip here is from May discussion.


Bronwen Rees spoke at the earlier conferences. Not sure this page is current for East West Centre.

I will check out related shows on Phonic FM.

Meditation takes longer than a radio show. there are MOOC versions that allow flexible timing.

Sociology Paradigms

Not sure how to do this in limited space. Something to come back to depending on cases.

Keynote - Learning Company

This first Management Theory at Work conference started with a keynote by John Burgoyne. Video versions still reasonably up to date. How to update? see below

Design Science ( DJ )

Design Science has been a topic for management theory and for teaching/learning. But so far not both together. Meanwhile my friend JD has been slightly more convinced that radio presentation could be designed, even be a science rather than an art. Chat uploaded to YouTube makes us a top result for search on "Design Science DJ" even though we are confused as to what this means.started just as working with clips about design science. ( try a search on Rise of the Science DJ )

Digital Disruption as in FM / Music

FM radio seems to be in decline, business models around music promotion also in flux. How to adjust a model of local music support? Phonic FM concentrates on FM signal but recently improved bandwidth in studio and now works with RadioPlayer to reach more devices. When Radio 1 Academy visited the Phoenix in 2016 there was talk of "visual radio" as in video this is not part of Phonic as such. Several shows have video as part of social media and the artists for Phonic benefits have video from which sound can be played.

This could relate to a Burrell and Morgan diagram ( see paradigms above ) with OFCOM and FM as near regulation and social media / video near change / subjective.

Universities are also part of digital disruption with the MOOC etc. This could be part of a later discussion maybe back to #mtw3 rather than radio. But there is some sort of similarity if every venue has a studio for social media. Arts organisations similar to a campus in most cases. Relevance of this from a MOOC a couple of years ago. Not sure if a repeat is scheduled but a group could form to be ready if one turns up

Forms of publishing

conclusion phase includes working out what to do with the content.

Can include a look at script ideas for a walk on the Lancaster Spine when completed early in 2018. This may relate to a conference on Networked Learning. Two of these have been at Lancaster and there is some video already. ( Tests around Exeter have shown locations could work as context for interviews etc.)

Extract from first video shows route of Lancaster walk

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Topics around video for next week

The Storyteller is still on tour so I continue with the Drama Hour before the Wild Show on  Thursday. I now have a digital copy of one of the plays from the radio evening at Boat Shed. So can link around this to talk about content marketing, clips and promo.

I may use an extract on Tuesday for @wenotno show. Previously we played a lot of Laurence Jones from video recorded when he supported Vintage Trouble. Maybe worked as promo for his own headline performance. No stats available. But fits as a topic for show. Theatre not so much content marketing though there are trailers.

Tuesday evening is Tubers / Digital Exeter so I will check out what they say. The scope is video for business in general but music is an area where video has been tried out for a while.

There may be some places still available meetup.com/Digital-Exeter/events/241716277/

Radio 1 Academy last year was about "visual radio" - low level video by TV standards. Still not sure how this works. As promo in some sort of loop with events. Continues as "Management Theory At Work In Radio" during August, including question of why buildings are needed.

Futurelearn / OU case Study in Disruption?

Radio clearly is in a disruption situation. Streaming now viable for music distribution and FM only part of a marketing mix.

Education could appear as obvious a case over time. Recently I have found it difficult to raise the question. But in the autumn I will try a draft article in the way I worked on for OhmyNews a while ago. They require a news event at the beginning but I found that bits of blog could be copied in once the event was established. My guess is that BETT in January will have something announced or discussed that shows things are moving with UK universities. This year Futurelearn concentrated on how their resources could be used in schools but universities are now attending in larger numbers. Students now have expectations about technology so universities are closer to where schools are at.

One question is when the budgets will change so that education spends relatively more on tech and less on buildings. On the Exeter campus it seems that iconic architecture is still a priority. Could be the same for the arts in general. Boat Shed in Exeter has plans for the building but I am not sure about a video studio or support for social media content.

Not sure if the Goethe Institut MOOC will be repeated this summer on managing the arts. This clip is from 2015, still relevant but not sure if his claim is accurate about what is happening. I am linking this to any building that might be partly a gallery or studio.

By chance the Observer today has story about the offices that tech companies are building. No evidence there that online is enough.

Also I am looking forward to the Lancaster Spine as a location. Just not sure that all these buildings are the best use of funds.

Anyway back on topic the OU is making major moves. So far most reporting has been on the loss of jobs, closure of sites. But the digital direction is definite. Futurelearn is in the top five of global platforms. ( Later story will have more on whether this matters. Should academics worry about this sort of thing / language? Valuation of the top two may be another crash about to happen. Still works as a case study)

There are now some examples of courses that are charged for, full online degrees. Futurelearn is well placed to encourage students to consider this progression. OU as much as others.

More later.  Confidence level of some verifiable facts ahead of BETT? Quite high.

Low Level Video Production Continues

So far not much happening with mtwr or RGB2. See previous posts for the idea that the current YouTube channel is too limited to low budget methods. RGB2 is intended for improved video local to near Exeter, mtwr for Management Theory at Work in Radio. But both assumed that YouTube RED would be available in the UK. Advertising gets more annoying so the subscription option has to be there, especially for a professional / academic situation. Meanwhile options such as Adobe Spark allow some reasonable content in the mix. Also I am able to get good sound from the Phonic FM studio. Lighting still an issue so making use of daylight over the summer.

Management Theory at Work in Radio is an idea that could well be happening somewhere else. It came out of an attempt to do a social media advance on another face to face conference in the series Management Theory at Work. There have been two so far in Lancaster, a mix of theory and practice. see previously for more on the Spine, currently being updated. Video playlists could link content in a context based on a walk. But the Spine is a building site until early next year. Production budget depends on available tech at that time. Linking video better with a tripod, steadycam, edit budget etc but possible with a few stills.

Meanwhile "Having A Wonderful Time" is working out ok. I am sitting in for the Storyteller in the slot before my usual time for the Wild Show. A radio play based on a short story can also be a situation / outside broadcast. Content needs development but we have got to a location and back within scheduled time for the show. So same approach could well work with a Spine walk. I have realised the script / design needs to be vague enough to be able to work anywhere. "Vague" is wrong word maybe, outline better. Details can change if the audience already knows the plot from previous info. Also things turn up that can be linked to.

YouTube seems to be turning out more like a mainstream broadcaster than social media as I have understood it. They are dropping the online video editor in September and now suggest that the Creative Commons approach can work if you direct message to ask for a copy of the file. So no download option or way to just edit a version online. In the USA they expand the number of urban areas with cable that includes YouTube RED. So the better funded content is probably going to come from those same sort of locations. I will be looking out for clips to put in a playlist. We can add some comment and links in the UK but the delay on YouTube RED is a definite problem.

Management Theory at Work in Radio has been a low level event as face to face. Part of Dark Times in 2015, space donated by Bike Shed Theatre in August pause. YouTube RED then a rumour but the potential was indicated. 2016 we rented some lighting and tested the bar. Worked ok but still no Youtube RED in UK. This year the base is just sound, some clips possible as part of Wild Show or @wenotno on @PhonicFM . Some issues relate to arts centres or education, see next post.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

The "Not Making Of" Option

Thinking about video situations for the next month or so. July / August is a holiday phase so mostly notes mode and as basis for future versions. There may be actual news in September or soon after as people return to offices. Only time pressure is that the Storyteller is away on tour. Most weeks he is in the Phonic FM time slot before the Wild Show so I have got to know his situation quite well. I will be trying to get in an hour early for the next three weeks. This started at a time of a Phonicon event linked to News From The Sun as visual art. I found a radio version on the internet archive. Then the continuity announcer stated that next week it would be Having A Wonderful Time. So I played that and thought it could be the basis for another set of events. Holiday culture days out or holidays as containment for social pressures. So I return to this to explore.

Should be week two but it turns out JD is on holiday soon so we will make the trip to the Canal Basin / Boat Shed this next week. And fit in the News From the Sun from the archive. In the short story the holiday makers never come back from the package. Equivalent could be a basement for creative activities from which nobody returns. Details yet to be worked out but there may be an escape route assuming people then spend the rest of the day away from the Phoenix. Boat Shed one option so that bit may be recorded next week.

Recorded as in bits of sound or video and some stills. Sound can be mixed in studio later. Backgrounds maybe for video mix when we work out the script a bit better. The Phonic FM studio is definitely ok for sound, not sure about the rest of it. So it may turn out to be a "making of" sort of collection or a "not making of" if there is never a final edit.

All Creative Commons as the radio plays are such from the Internet Archive and it should make things easier. If someone would try a similar idea then it could go in the mix. Starting with text in this blog. The basis is the location that becomes a sort of set. I am also working on a Walk along the spine on Lancaster university campus. This will be for next year when the spine is completed. The idea is to use the route as continuity for discussion on digital disruption and education. Spots for tech vision, critique and business planning, library and bookshop response, views from humanities and social science.

Meanwhile there will be an update on Management Theory at Work in Radio. This has been tried out the last couple of summers. The Bike Shed Theatre was available for Dark Times, then we tried out rented lighting. Should be easier in daylight at Boat Shed or nearby. Earlier Management Theory at Work was the title for two conferences at Lancaster. There was also a social media version of a third one that morphed into a sound version. The content could be the basis for another conference if this makes more sense at a future time.

On YouTube the videos will be part of playlists. There are some already that may change in scope. The Exeter campus could be used for tests of discussions for the Spine Walk. There is news of online courses to be launched next year so some real base for discussion. No change in the campus so far butb this may be a question to ask.

The Storyteller informs me that the Bad Blood performance will be repeated at Exeter Visual Art in the autumn. This is located at the end of the Alphin Brook  so could connect with a walk along the river and canal. Not sure how this fits but the sequences will need some definition on occasions. The "not making of" approach can only go so far and needs links to somewhere else.